Barry Schrader has been acclaimed by the Los Angeles Times as “a composer born to the electronic medium”, named “a seminal composer of electro-acoustic music” by Journal SEAMUS, and described by “Gramophone” as a composer of “approachable electronic music with a distinctive individual voice to reward the adventurous”.
“Computer Music Journal” states that Schrader’s “music withstands the test of time and stands uniquely in the American electronic music genre.” “There’s a great sweep to Schrader’s work that puts it more in line with ambitious large-scale electronic works by the likes of Stockhausen (Hymnen), Eloy (Shanti) and Henry (take your pick), a line that can be traced backwards to Mahler, Bruckner and Beethoven.” writes the “Paris Transatlantic Magazine.” Schrader’s compositions for electronics, dance, film, video, mixed media, live/electro-acoustic music combinations, and real-time computer performance have been presented throughout the world.
He is the founder and the first president of SEAMUS (Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States), the author of Introduction to Electro-Acoustic Music, and has written for numerous publications including “The Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians,” “Grolier’s Encyclopedia,” and “Contemporary Music Review.” In 2014, he was given the SEAMUS Lifetime Achievement Award. Schrader has been involved with the inauguration and operation of several concert series such as SCREAM (Southern California Resource for Electro-Acoustic Music), the Currents concert series at Theatre Vanguard (the first ongoing series of electro-acoustic music concerts in the U.S.), and the CalArts Electro-Acoustic Music Marathon. He was a member of the Composition Faculty of the Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts from 1971 through 2016 when he retired as Professor Emeritus, and has taught at the University of California at Santa Barbara, the California State University at Los Angeles, and The University of Nevada at Las Vegas. His music is recorded on the Innova, SEAMUS, Laurel, Opus One, Centaur, Pure Destructive Records, and Ex Machina labels.